Since the dawn of time, Asians have long yearned to pleasure their fickle tongues. When they stumbled upon a small, pointy, red (often green, and occasionally even yellow) vegetable, all their wishes were immediately fulfilled. Other than rice, chili is the other staple of any true Asian’s healthy diet.
It can be argued that chili is not necessarily an Asian food. Other cultures do devour chili en masse as well (such as those jalapeno-loving Mexicans), but for some reason, chili has become synonymous with Asian people. Asians just adore this little treasure of a vegetable, as it is such a flexible yet staple food for Asians that can be consumed in a variety of methods.
In a foreign land where food is very bland (for preservative reasons), asians use chili to add flavors never before experienced by mankind to their soups, salads, snacks, and other entres. It can be said that beans are to mexicans as chili is to Asians. It’s just become so intertwined into asian culture that it is now customary for nearly every asian restaurant to sport a container of pickled green chili peppers. Asians also know another secret about chili:
It’s a libido booster. Along with foods such as Almonds, avocados, celery, oysters, fig, and nutmeg; the chili is most definitely an au natural viagra due to the fact that the spiciness stimulates blood circulation. Why else do you think Asians are the most populous people on earth? The discovery of Chili, however, can not be purely accredited to asians.
Contrary to popular belief, and awful stereotypes (not at all helped by this site), chili was not even discovered by Asians. Yes that’s right; Asia’s second favorite food was actually discovered by the white man. Ignoring blind consumption of chili in prehistoric times (hehe, imagine a caveman eating a bushel of chili), it has been documented that in the 15th-16th century, when Europeans dominated commerce in South-East Asia, European sailors encouraged the trade of chili into the Philippines and then through to India, China, Korea and Japan. That is how chili has become a vital staple in Asian cuisine.
At restaurants, Asians have that uncanny quirk of requesting cut chili on the side, even if the dish is obviously spicy enough, doused in chili powder, and already has chili cooked into the food. This will signal, in some, the onslaught of sweat and that annoying “tsk” noise that asians naturally know. If you ever want to be asian, build up an immunity to chili. Asians respect anyone that can walk into an asian restaurant and eat food just like them. As the saying goes, you can never have too much of a good thing!
Written by: sy88 and Peter
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